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OTCH MACH Lazy Days Chntly Lace, RE MX MXJ UDX6 OM1
CONGRATULATIONS to OTCH MACH Lazy Days Chntly Lace, RE MX MXJ UDX6 OM1.
Tilly is owned by Gayle and Mike Smith and bred by Sterling Moffat and Teresa La Brie.
See Tilly's accomplishments and description of titles HERE.
Congratulations Ch. Longo's Miller Noble Legacy CDX, RE
ranked # 4 ALL BREED in Obedience Novice A, as recorded by Front and Finish magazine for the year 2007. Front and Finish is a National publication that creates rankings based on the scores recorded by the AKC Awards across all of the United States. This particular ranking is based on the scores obtained in Novice A within 60 days of receiving the CD title. Reeney was preceded only by two Dobermans and one German Shepherd. She is also currently # 15 in conformation.
HISTORY MADE: First Great Dane achieves the AKC Obedience Trial Championship.
The Obedience Trial Championship is probably one of the most difficult Titles to achieve in the world of Dog Showing. The AKC likens the OTCH to a human completing a PHD. Only dogs that hold the UD degree may compete for the OTCH. Once eligible, the dog must earn 100 points (based on number of dogs in the class and given to class placements). The final requirement the team must meet is to earn three first placements, at least one in each Open and Utility at all breed trials. When competing for an OTCH the dogs compete against current champions – in other words, to become an OTCH, you have to beat the champions to win. An example of it's exclusivity:
In 1996 there were 103,776 obedience trial entries nationally for all breeds. Of these dogs, there was an OTCH awarded for every 1300 entries, or about .08 percent of entries became OTCH for the year. Comparatively, in breed competition that year there was one champion for every 75 entries, across all breeds.
The AKC OTCH program was officially started on July 1, 1977. In these past 29 years, there has never been an OTCH Great Dane. With likely less than 10 danes ever getting any points for OTCH, Gayle Smith and her husband Michael have owned the majority, and now, deservedly have made breed history. Under their Kennel Name of Lazy Days Danes and in the Ohio region, Gayle and Michael have bred, trained and handled several decades of top obedience competition danes, including one of the first UDX danes. They have shown multiple generations of UDX dogs at the same time, and garnered many awards, including representing the breed at the National Obedience Competition, assorted all breed and specialty HIT and HCS, National all breed rankings and GDCA awards.
On 9-3-06 at Tonawanda Valley Kennel Club show in Albion, NY, under judge Jeffrey Shoman, Gayle Smith and "Tilly" became the first Great Dane to be titled an AKC Obedience Trial Champion. Tilly met the requirements and then some, finishing with 101 points and two extra first placements. Tilly won BOTH Open B and Utility B (including a run off for Open B) and went High in Trial and High Combined Score. To date, Tilly and Gayle have a show record of 13 all-breed High Combined Scores(HCS), 8 all-breed High in Trials (HIT), and 2 Specialty HITs. Keep in mind also this young intact bitch has also produced a litter and been shown sparingly in conformation and trained in agilty. And of course Gayle herself has managed to reach these heights in Tilly''s career at the same time she is raising and training two of Tilly's kids (of course Michael factors into this training schedule).
OTCH Sterling Lazy Days Chntly Lace, UDX5, GDCA HOF "Tilly"
Tilly's full name is now:
Owner: Gayle L & Michael J Smith
The Great Dane Club of America, Inc. congratulates Tilly, her owners and her breeders on this wonderful accomplishment! We are all very proud.